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I AM WRITING REGARDING YOUR RECENT RANKING of "The 50 Best Colleges for African Americans" [October 2004] I am very disappointed not to see Princeton included, despite leadership in several areas that relates to the African American collegiate experience. Princeton has never been selected in the top 50, while every other Ivy League institution has found a place on this list.

In recent years, Princeton has increased the diversity of its staff, faculty, and student body and strengthened its academic programs in African American, cultural, and ethnic studies. It has the highest percentage of black undergraduates in the Ivy Leagues and one of the highest percentages of all universities. Princeton also has many top black scholars of note, including Toni Morrison, Cornel West, and Nell Painter. The university recently initiated and expanded several diversity programs, including the Dialogue@Princeton, Bildner Fund for the Advancement of Diversity on Campus, and the Princeton Prize in Race Relations.

I urge BE to reconsider Princeton the next time you evaluate the 50 Best Colleges for African Americans.

Kenneth M. Bruce


Association of Black Princeton Alumni

Jersey City, NJ
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Title Annotation:Letters
Author:Bruce, Kenneth M.
Publication:Black Enterprise
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Jan 1, 2005
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